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Queens Award 2019

Published on 26th April 2019
 

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Home health UK is proudly celebrating being a winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, in the International Trade category, the UK’s highest accolade for business success. We are receiving the award in recognition of the supply and sale of professional and at home In-vitro diagnostic testing kits.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organisations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.

Mark Hanson the Operations Director said “Home Health (UK) Ltd are very proud to receive the prestigious Queen’s Awards for International Trade. We have very worked hard over the past few years to build strong partnerships with international companies to help grow the distribution of our health diagnostic test kits. It is a very important moment within the history of our company.”

Based in Bushey, Hertfordshire, HOME HEALTH (UK) was set up more than 20 years ago as a result of the early death of the CEO’s best friend from pancreatic cancer, a disease that is difficult to diagnose early.

The long-term aim of the company is to provide a full package, from extensive free health information via the internet and self-testing/early diagnosis at home, right through to professional medical consultation, prescribing, dispensing and shipping of treatments – from relatively simple solutions, such as UTI infections, right through to more serious diseases, including cancer.

The company specialises in rapid IVD tests that can be carried out at home or in a doctor’s surgery, giving immediate results. IVD stands for In-Vitro Diagnostics and simply means the tests are carried out using samples from the body, such as urine or blood.

The original technology for rapid diagnostics was invented in the UK almost 50 years ago. This technology is now free of most patents and has led to the explosion in the development of rapid tests, covering everything from anaemia to Zica – and the tests can cost as little as 1-2p each.

Today, Home Health sells more than 20 million of these simple diagnostic tests every year, with about half being sold overseas. New targeted tests are being introduced regularly and, in 2019, under the company’s One Step brand name, simple finger-prick, instant result tests for GPs are helping to monitor some cancers, including common versions of pancreatic, ovarian and breast cancer.

Home Health was set up with the internet very much in mind for both the UK and overseas. The small size of the test (which fits in a small envelope), makes it ideal to be sold online as it will fit through the letterbox.

In the near-term, Home Health has developed a model that allows the diagnosis of the four main types of malaria, and the preventative medicine to be supplied at the same time, direct to any end user, anywhere in the world, and shipped to them for under £10. The problem is the people who need it most can’t afford it – but one day…

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